If You Think Mark Richt Is Just Selling a Dream, You've Missed the Point
It seems that not everyone is enamored of the Georgia Bulldogs and their “Dream Team” approach to recruiting prospects for 2011.
More and more, there are those who are taking issue with the idea as they wonder if it’s really something that they want Georgia to be hanging its future success upon.
The first issue is believing in the notion that one recruiting class is going to be the answer for Georgia football—fair enough. I mean, after all, it takes more than one group of players to transform a program from good to great, right?
Even if this class does end up being championship caliber, there is no guarantee that it will come together immediately.
That’s an important point to consider when you think of the sensitive position that Mark Richt is currently under at Georgia—his seat may not be hot but, after 2011, it will get substantially warmer if the program regresses or experiences another sub-par season.
Which leads to the other issue posed by the naysayers, why put that much expectation on one group of players, on the Georgia football program, heck, on Mark Richt?!? Does he really need to see the consequences of his “Dream Team” idea backfiring on him?
The magnifying glass is close enough without adding fuel to the fire. Now, while I can certainly understand both sides, all the vitriol has led me to one very simple question, why is anyone bothering to take this approach so seriously?
Mark Richt has offered the concept of a "Dream Team" to help fire up the in-state talent’s interest in Georgia, as well as infuse the fans with a little more enthusiasm for the future of Georgia football—that's it.
Honestly, anyone who believes a recruit will sign, based solely on the possibility of being a part of the "Dream Team," is not being realistic. Even more, they aren’t giving Georgia or Mark Richt much credit as a program.
If a prospect signs with Georgia, he will ultimately do so as a result of how well he fits in at Georgia.
All Georgia’s staff has done is offer the excitement of, possibly, being a part of something special at Georgia in 2011. They could be a part of building Georgia into a champion. They might be the missing piece of the championship puzzle.
It’s that pitch that could pique the interest of a potential prospect enough to allow a Georgia coach his shot at selling the merits of playing in a red-and-black uniform—is that a crime?
After all, in the recruiting game, part of the process entails gaining an "edge." If a particular concept can give you one, then you take advantage of the opportunity.
The “Dream Team” sounds good to some of the guys it’s being presented to, others maybe not as much, but all any coach can ask for is a chance to make his pitch and so far, "Dream Team" or not, the coaches are selling the program.
Will they get everyone? No, they will miss a few, and I have no doubt that the coaches and Richt know as much.
That said, if the staff fails to close on a guy, it will have less to do with an inability to sell the “Dream Team” concept, than with Georgia failing to promise something the recruit values (i.e. playing time, location, or position).
Georgia has received 12 solid commitments—11 of whom are in-state—none of whom actually cite the "Dream Team" as their reason for choosing Georgia.
So I am forced to wonder again, why anyone has a problem with the coaches using this idea as a tool in recruiting?
For now, the “Dream Team” is nothing more than part of an effective sales pitch and, in the end, the coaches still have to sell the program.
So far, they have done a good job of that.
(This article originally appeared on The Lady Sportswriter —Check it out).
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